Popular Game of the Year (2003-2014)
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For this GeekList, I've measured Popularity as the highest number of unique users recording plays for the year.

I've only gone back to 2003, since before that the number of unique users playing the most popular game fell off significantly to below 100 users (even 2003 and 2004 are a little suspect with fewer than 1000).

For each year I've also included the number of unique users playing that year's most popular game.

I do acknowledge that this in only one way to measure popularity, but I definitely feel that this is a better measure than the number of plays, as that can be weighted by a small number of users playing a game obsessively (as in Magic: the Gathering or Chess).

[Edit: I've now added the remainder of the top ten for each year.]
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1. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.06 Overall Rank:16]
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2003

Number of Unique Users: 358


Rest of Top 10:

Rank Game Unique Users
2 Catan 258
3 Carcassonne 251
4 BANG! 175
5 Bohnanza 154
6 TransAmerica 153
7 Citadels 150
8 Lost Cities 150
9 Alhambra 149
10 Amun-Re 147
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2. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:126] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
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2004

Number of Unique Users: 746


Rest of Top 10:

Rank Game Unique Users
2 Puerto Rico 735
3 Carcassonne 592
4 Catan 579
5 San Juan 547
6 Attika 420
7 Bohnanza 407
8 Saint Petersburg 392
9 Power Grid 388
10 Lost Cities 384
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3. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:126] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
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2005

Number of Unique Users: 1284


Rest of Top 10:

Rank Game Unique Users
2 Puerto Rico 1266
3 Carcassonne 1117
4 Catan 1109
5 Shadows over Camelot 933
6 Power Grid 913
7 San Juan 899
8 Lost Cities 865
9 Ticket to Ride:Europe 858
10 Citadels 829
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4. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.06 Overall Rank:16]
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2006

Number of Unique Users: 1843


Rest of Top 10:

Rank Game Unique Users
2 Carcassonne 1814
3 Catan 1802
4 Caylus 1702
5 Ticket to Ride 1581
6 Power Grid 1510
7 Lost Cities 1304
8 Thurn and Taxis 1262
9 Ra 1196
10 Citadels 1192
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5. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:139] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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2007

Number of Unique Users: 2733


Rest of Top 10:

Rank Game Unique Users
2 Puerto Rico 2626
3 Catan 2580
4 Power Grid 2218
5 Ticket to Ride 2125
6 Lost Cities 1888
7 Citadels 1768
8 Ra 1696
9 Thurn and Taxis 1682
10 Bohnanza 1662
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6. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.02 Overall Rank:17]
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2008

Number of Unique Users: 4385


Rest of Top 10:

Rank Game Unique Users
2 Race for the Galaxy 3593
3 Pandemic 3328
4 Carcassonne 3282
5 Puerto Rico 3064
6 Catan 3048
7 Power Grid 3005
8 Ticket to Ride 2584
9 Dominion 2480
10 Stone Age 2145
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7. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:72] [Average Rating:7.67 Unranked]
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2009

Number of Unique Users: 6439


Rest of Top 10:

Rank Game Unique Users
2 Agricola 5658
3 Pandemic 5221
4 Small World 4186
5 Race for the Galaxy 4155
6 Carcassonne 3804
7 Power Grid 3664
8 Catan 3556
9 Battlestar Galactica 3360
10 Puerto Rico 3357
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8. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:72] [Average Rating:7.67 Unranked]
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2010

Number of Unique Users: 6256


Rest of Top 10:

Rank Game Unique Users
2 Agricola 4985
3 Pandemic 4556
4 Small World 4456
5 Carcassonne 4125
6 Race for the Galaxy 3724
7 Puerto Rico 3691
8 Catan 3583
9 Power Grid 3498
10 Stone Age 3176
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9. Board Game: 7 Wonders [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:42]
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Number of Unique Users: 7549


Rest of Top 10:

Rank Game Unique Users
2 Dominion 6111
3 Agricola 4832
4 Carcasonne 4384
5 Pandemic 4003
6 Small World 3885
7 Catan 3674
8 Puerto Rico 3660
9 Race for the Galaxy 3635
10 Power Grid 3589
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10. Board Game: 7 Wonders [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:42]
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Number of Unique Users: 7459


Rest of Top 10:

Rank Game Unique Users
2 Dominion 5983
3 Agricola 4973
4 Carcssonne 4786
5 King of Tokyo 4360
6 Lords of Waterdeep 4242
7 Panedemic 4206
8 Eclipse 4184
9 Catan 4178
10 Ticket to Ride 4000
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11. Board Game: 7 Wonders [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:42]
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Number of Unique Users: 7734


Rest of Top 10:

Rank Game Unique Users
2 King of Tokyo 7244
3 Love Letter 6855
4 Dominion 5938
5 Pandemic 5429
6 Lords of Waterdeep 5389
7 Agricola 5327
8 Carcassonne 5272
9 Tzolk'in 4575
10 Catan 4374
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12. Board Game: Love Letter [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:215]
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2014

Number of Unique Users: 9026


Rest of Top 10:

Rank Game Unique Users
2 7 Wonders 8408
3 King of Tokyo 8008
4 Pandemic 6582
5 Splendor 6354
6 Carcassonne 6040
7 Dominion 5939
8 Hanabi 5795
9 Lords of Waterdeep 5706
10 Coup 5566
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